Whole School Literacy

Intent

  • To create a culture where everyone is motivated to read for pleasure, both in school and at home.
  • To ensure students see the value of wider reading and its links to being better writers and lifelong learners.
  • To embed Accelerated Reader as a system to encourage reading for pleasure and to also monitor progress.
  • To ensure that all students are provided with the necessary literacy skills required to cope confidently with curriculum developments; prepare them for the requirements of future studies in further education and the needs of the adult world and future employment.
  • To create a culture in which students are aware of the need for accuracy and sophistication in the way they express themselves both in verbal and written communication.
  • To embed of a whole school approach to the marking of literacy so that students can take ownership and reflect and improve.
  • To give students the tools to write fluently and confidently as specialists in their subject areas.
  • To give students opportunities across the curriculum to articulate their ideas in a mature and sophisticated way.
  • To ensure that teachers aid the transfer of skills across the curriculum to ensure competent articulation and organisation of ideas into fluent and accurate pieces of writing.
  • To ensure that all students take pride in their work and will redraft work to ensure high quality standards in writing.
  • To ensure that literacy is a high priority in assessments and feedback in every subject To ensure that literacy gaps are identified and addressed to ensure swift progress.

IMPLEMENTATION

  • A wider reading programme in Y12 tutorial.
  • World Book day celebrations yearly to encourage engagement in the purpose of reading every day.
  • Authors in residence days to promote reading engagement .
  • Opening of the school library to the community in the summer holidays to support the continued engagement with reading..
  • Work with SBC libraries and Drake’s book shop to enhance reading club and also take part in county wide competitions.
  • Training of student librarians in conjunction with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
  • Implementation of Accelerated reader Y7 and Y8 during registration, 3 times per week and fortnightly in a timetabled English lesson. Tutors monitor on a 3 weekly basis.
  • Word of the week is shared with every year group during assemblies and a termly competition tests their vocabulary power.  
  • A Literacy Improvement programme is delivered by an English specialist to address underperformance at KS3. Delivered through English curriculum time.
  • A Specialist Leader in Education (teaches in the English department and specialises in KS2-KS3 literacy) works across the feeder schools with the most able to stretch and challenge reading skills ready for the SATS and the KS3 curriculum
  • Literacy catch up funding in Year 7 is used effectively through the use of Y12 students to work with the weaker readers in Y7 during registration and as part of enrichment afternoons.
  • The school has a consistent approach to teaching writing through a TOWER model (Talk, Organise, Write, Edit, Reflect) seen in schemes of learning across the curriculum.
  • Literacy pages in the school planner encourage students to be self-correctors and transfer basic skills across the curriculum. Identifying errors with green pen accuracy.
  • All staff implement the whole school literacy marking policy, using marking symbols consistently.
  • Literacy focused assemblies for KS3/4/i to encourage student organisation,  self-correction and conscious crafting.
  • Assistant Head Teacher working with key departments who have identified in their subject improvement plans where literacy hinders progress.

Whole School Numeracy

Intent

  • To ensure that pupils develop and/or use their mathematical knowledge and skills competently across the curriculum.
  • Ensure that teachers can competently use range of strategies to support the learning of maths in their subject area.
  • Create a numeracy rich culture where students can see the relevance of maths and its function as a lifelong skill.
  • To build the confidence of students so that they can transfer skills across the curriculum.

IMPLEMENTATION

  • Provision map for KS3-KS5 created by numeracy co-ordinator following communication with all Subject Leaders.
  • Action plan created to target support to subject areas which need guidance with mathematical concepts- particularly with added rigour of new curriculum.
  • Development of a numeracy day to engage students in the wider use of mathematics
  • Development of programme of careers talks  to build purposeful links to lifelong use of maths in a functional way.